Polar & You
Polar offers a variety of solutions for your student and teaching needs. You can choose from either Polar activity monitoring or heart rate monitoring — or a combination of both if that better suits your school's program. And, if you happen to need a fitness assessment system or anything else from the range, you can easily upgrade later.
With Polar, you'll always have the tools to help inspire and motivate your students, and teach them the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Polar records exercise and activity data, giving both you and your students instant feedback. This allows you to be the best teacher possible, giving your class objective assessments and allowing you keep track of their development.
Why Train with a Heart Rate Monitor?
Getting the most out of your training doesn’t always mean working faster or harder. The best way to improving and seeing results is to train at the right intensity. With a Polar heart rate monitor, you can make sure you’re not over or under training, and make each session count. Use Polar as your wrist-based personal trainer, motivating you each and every time you train.
What is HRMax?
The Maximum heart rate, HRmax, is the highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) an individual can achieve in an all-out effort. It is unique to the individual due to age, heredity, and fitness level. HRmax is a useful tool in determining training intensities, which are usually expressed as percentages of HRmax. The first step in knowing the right intensity for your training is to find out your maximum heart rate, HRmax.
The commonly used age-based calculation method uses the formula, 220 minus your age, for example, a 30 year old’s maximum heart rate would be, 220 – 30 = 190. The age-based method provides an average statistical prediction of your HRmax and is a good method for the majority of people, especially those new to heart rate training, to determine their maximum heart rate.
For those interested in a more individual specific calculation such as people who have been physically fit for many years or older people just beginning an exercise program, Polar offers various models of training computers with unique features that determine a user’s individual maximum heart rate using the Polar Fitness Test.
In the Polar Fitness Test the user's resting heart rate, heart rate variability at rest, age, gender, height, body weight, and maximal oxygen uptake, i.e. VO2 max, are combined to calculate HRmax-p. The HRmax-p in Polar training computers gives the user the opportunity to determine and understand their unique maximum heart rate without performing an exhaustive maximal stress test.
Lastly, the most precise and accurate way of determining your individual maximum heart rate is to have it clinically tested by a cardiologist or exercise physiologist through the use of a treadmill or bicycle maximal stress test. If you are over the age of 40, overweight, have been sedentary for several years, or have a history of heart diseases in your family, clinical testing is recommended.
Why Choose Polar?
As the inventors of the first heart rate monitor for training over 30 years ago, we’re truly specialists in the field. Since then we’ve been leading this category, and the world’s top specialists have been working on the most accurate and intelligent training computers and heart rate based features. Our unrivalled physiological expertise, based on in-depth scientific studies, allows us to lead the way in innovative product development.
What makes Polar truly unique is that our features give guidance based on your personal information, and individual heart rate and its variation. The state-of-the-art intelligence of Polar products can tell you how much, how often and how hard to train. This is why so many top athletes use Polar training computers. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from heart rate monitoring. At Polar, we understand how important training is to you.
Yes, at our heart we’re all about getting people fit and improving their physical performance, but more than that, we’re about pushing boundaries in everything we do. Take a look through the About Polar section at the Personal Trainer Today shopping site and see for yourself. Who we are, what we do, our history and the innovations that make us unique – it’s all here waiting for you to discover.